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Submitted by Hilare (France), Feb 7, 2006 at 12:10

I am glad, D. Pipes, that you have observed: "Strangely, as "Old Europe" finds its backbone, the Anglosphere quivers. So awful was the American government reaction, it won the endorsement of the country's leading Islamist organization (...)". I am sure pointing this out was not comfortable for you.

And i think there is no need to add anything to your question: "Will the West stand up for its customs and mores, including freedom of speech, or will Muslims impose their way of life on the West?" Because this is the perfect summation of the topic.

I will add congratulations for the cartoon you choose ( congratulations for the cartoonist too ), this cartoon is also summing up the whole situation so accurately that i suggest to make it a flagship on your site.

To conclude, may i one more time invite you to reconsiderer your view on some mythical 'moderate islam' versus 'islamism', to the more evident: 'islamism' is the inner root of islam... The reason is this is giving two words with two different meanings in my mothertongue: 'islam' is a religion while 'Islam' is a culture. I have to say that i don't know if English grammar follows the same rule, but anyway i strongly intend to adhere to the rule i know on this point, mainly because lack of upper-case when choice is existing also means lack of any kind of respect, which is my exact feeling about this 'religion'. I must add that i feel a total lack of respect for the 'religion' as an ideology, this is not including it's followers which i consider as victims of a psychotropic poison, in fact the worst psychotropic poison ever invented by a man...

Considering a potential duality between 'moderate islam' and 'islamism' leads to some unsolvable question: regarding the official reactions to the Danish cartoons from every islamic country, how can you say that all those countries and the OCI organization are either 'islamist' or all of them are submitting in the precise same manner to local 'islamist' pressure ? Another wording of the same question is: why when democratic elections were effective in islamic country, 'islamists' always won them ( Turkey included )? Now an embarrassing wording of the same quesyion is: is USA ( despite the very accurate observation in your article, you may ask for Europe as well ) already an 'islamist' country?

Before answering this last one, please remember the official declaration of Condoleeza Rice during the Amazon incident ( very well described by yourself ) and try to figure out why the USA's governments are so willing, and so active, to make Turkey joining the European Union.

Whatever will be your answer to this question, i will be very interested in reading it.

Warmly
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